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A Beautiful Village House

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights


About the property

A character home in the medieval village of Caunes Minervois, nestled at the foot of the Montagne Noire, in the heart of the Languedoc wine-growing region, Cathar country and Tour de France territory.

The house, built over centuries but stripped back to the medieval walls, has a secluded outside courtyard, views of the Romanesque abbey, and the Pyrenees. It sleeps 6, has 2 bathrooms, living, dining, kitchen, all newly upgraded, and a lovely library/2nd lounge on the top floor.

The historic medieval village, at the edge of the Montagne Noire National Park, is a fabulous base from which to explore Cathar castles, cycle Tour de France stages, visit the ancient cities of Carcassonne, Narbonne, Beziers, walk, indulge in fresh village food, markets, and the wines of the Languedoc- Roussillon region. The beach is just 45 minutes away.

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, Afrikaans
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 July, 2018

About The Owner

I am an architect and author. My husband is also an architect and a photographer. This house was either serendipity or insanity. It's been a 6 year journey. Caunes Minervois gets into your soul.

I love animals, mad about dogs, can be an animal rights and ethical-food dictator if left to my own devices. My son has been a vegetarian since the day he was old enough to spit meat out. My daughter is a committed carnivore. My husband Justin likes peculiar mid seventies music and restores even older peculiar bicycles .

The Owner purchased this house in 2010

Why The Owner chose Carcassonne

I just knew it as soon as we walked in. We're architects. That means sucker-for-punishment in all languages. This is the third house we've taken apart and refurbished extensively. It's the only one we were clever enough not to live in while we did it.

What makes this house unique

It's in the heart of the medieval village and in the heart of the country.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Carcassonne in Occitanie

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Heated towel rails, separate bath and shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Heated towel rails, full shower room.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , queen sized Simmons bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Queen sized Simmons bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Queen sized Simmons bed
  • Books
  • Garden
  • limited accessibility
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • caving


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(4 traveller reviews)

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A Beautiful Village House
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
California and Maryland residents

Comfortable with a garden/outdoor area.

  • 5 of 5

The owner was ready to help with any need or question. Very well renovated house and one of the best locations in the village.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What an absolutely wonderful time we have just spent in Caunes Minervois - everything we hoped for and more. Taking the house for a month allowed us to really get a feel for the village although for 2 of us it was a return visit after 13 years! The house is extremely comfortable and all amenities are excellent. We were lucky enough to win the toss and get the top floor bedroom with adjoining lounge which had such a beautiful outlook across the roof tops to the distant hills. Trying to understand the instruction sheets for the washing machine and cooker was interesting as there was no English translation but with the use of Google we managed to work things out! We are more than happy to thoroughly recommend the house and would like to say a big "thank you" to Elizabeth for letting us stay. On the down side was as Australians and New Zealanders BBQ is second nature and we would have loved to have been able to do this in the courtyard.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed the house. We will definitely be adding a barbeque next Summer and we apologise for the lack of English instructions - if you had mailed us we would have translated! We hope you will return one day.
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Lovely, remodeled home in the center of the village

  • 5 of 5

This tastefully remodeled home is quite spacious, with a full "suite" on the top level (with bedroom, bathroom and sitting area) and two, large bedrooms on the middle floor. It has a good kitchen for cooking and a private courtyard for dining (and safe-keeping of race bikes for the cyclists). The bakery is walking distance for fresh croissants and bread. The village abbey is around the corner and worth a visit. There is good cycling, nice walking routes and interesting places to visit in the area. I would definitely recommend this to friends as a nice place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 14-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful and Lovely house

  • 5 of 5

We have spent a week in this house in August with our two small children and it was fantastic. The house is beautiful inside and very tastefully decorated. The furniture and appliances are of exceptional quality. In particular, we loved the layout, the kitchen and the spaciousness of the 3 rooms. The village is quiet and friendly neighbors; the town is well connected by road. The attention and willingness of the owner (Elizabeth) made us feel very comfortable. All very clean. I recomend it. We have no doubt that if next year we return to southern France we will call the owner to rent it. I recommend visiting near the village church of Notre Damme du Cros.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
22 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Kilometres
Bar de la Fontaine
Nearest Golf
22 Kilometres
Nearest Train
22 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
A61 Autoroute des Deux Mers
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Kilometres
La Cantina
Nearest Ski
93 Kilometres
Les Mont d'Olmes, Lavalanet Pyrenees
Nearest Beach
65 Kilometres
Narbonne Plage
Car: necessary

Our home is 20 minutes from Carcassonne, in the heart of Languedoc- Rousillon - the biggest contiguous planting of grapes on the planet. It is also in the heart of Cathar country, with over 25 spectacular Cathar castles to visit.

As the village nestles at the foot of La Montaigne Noire national park, it provides easy access to a network of spectacular cycling roads, in pristine condition through the mountains from village to village.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £134.59
Pet Fee £31.4
Refundable Damage Deposit £269.18

Discounts available for 2 people only.
Electricity is read on arrival and leaving, we put in an estimate only. Note peak hour charges are higher (7am to 9pm). Will be higher in Winter. Payable in cash to the hostess.
Cleaning fee and security fee payable with 2nd installment before arrival.
No parties allowed.
No subletting. Additional guests visiting within the main booking need to be disclosed and agreed beforehand

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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